We can still remember when the change began to happen, and Manchester’s Finest’s pages starting to be consistently filled with what was — and still is — happening down in one of Trafford’s best corners. Sale, always a pretty attractive part of the city thanks to its beautiful historic architecture, incredible green spaces, canal side amenities and the amazing Waterside Arts Centre, is now also well established as one of Greater Manchester’s foodie hubs, having seen the central streets of town transformed, and specifically the area around Stanley Square.
Home to a multitude of amazing places to eat and drink, alongside some notably chic independent shops, for a while all it needed was a great option for Japanese cuisine. Enter Zumuku Sushi to offer an incredible solution to that problem, and a very welcome addition to the area’s culinary choices. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, the team operate a number of sites across the region, and the locations themselves speak volumes about how serious the set up is. All are distinctly food-focused neighbourhoods, including Didsbury, Cheadle Hulme, and Ramsbottom, but it’s worth noting each offers a different experience and distinct atmosphere. In Sale they describe the situation as “culinary art meets trendy vibes”.
So what does that mean, exactly? Well, for starters find classics like edamame beans, takoyaki dough balls, prawn katsu, duck gyoza, or chilli squid. Moving to Sashimi, opt for less common variations such as the six-piece Hamachi, featuring nigiri eel, maki tuna, and uramaki Tokyo Rainbow with shellfish and eggs, indicative of how far the choice goes. Alternatively, punt for temaki, sushi tacos, bao buns, poke bowls, teriyaki, or a host of noodle dishes. Matching those small plates, the attention to detail throughout the interiors is equally impressive, helping create a vibrant atmosphere from the moment you arrive.